[researching archival collections on the WWW (2nd posting) (fwd)]

Dear STAMAsters,

As forwarded from Marjorie.

Sorry I have been quiet for the last few weeks - I have a few things I will
be sending out over the next week or so but I have been away on a tropical
island holiday with my whole extended family (21).

Cheers ... Gavan


Dear Gavan:  If this has not been posted to the STAMA listserve I
thought it may be of interest.  I will send the summary along also.
Hope all is well with you.  Marjorie

Date: Sun, 7 Jul 1996 13:02:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Gregory  Kinney <gkinney@umich.edu>
Subject: researching archival collections on the WWW (2nd posting)
To: bentarchlist <bald@umich.edu>

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Date: Sat, 6 Jul 1996 21:48:37 -0400
From: Burt Altman <baltman@MAILER.FSU.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list ARCHIVES
Subject: researching archival collections on the WWW (2nd posting)

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Subject:      researching archival collections on the WWW (2nd posting)

I posted the following questions to the List about 2 weeks ago and
several excellent responses.  Before I summarize them, I would like to
them once more to allow input from anyone who didn't get a chance to
respond.  Judging from the responses so far, I think they will be
interesting, informative, and useful to all institutions which have
or plan to mount their collections on the web.  Since our university
libraries are exploring this evolving technology, we are particularly
interested in hearing from others.

Here is the originally posted survey -

I would like to hear responses from any archival repositories that have
digitized some of their printed archival materials or finding aids and
them available on the World Wide Web for researchers. I am particularly
interested in knowing if your institution has received feedback from
researchers on the following:

1. If a researcher has accessed your collection or finding aids, what
benefits, if any, of such on-line research have they indicated (e.g.,
ability to find information quickly and efficiently) compared to
visiting an
archival facility and physically examining the materials?

2. In remotely accessing these materials, what problems have they

3. If you have been in touch with researchers that have traditionally
avoided visiting an archival facility because of such factors as the
bulk of
materials to examine, poor finding aids, time constraints, travel
etc., have they indicated whether they would more likely use your
if they could access your collections and finding aids online?

4. Since establishing your digital collection on the World Wide Web,
there been any noticeable increase or decrease - or any noticeable
change at
all - in usage statistics that could be attributed to the presence of
materials on the Internet?

Please reply to my e-mail address, and I would be happy to summarize
responses for the list.  Thank you for your help.

Burt Altman, Preservation Officer
Florida State University Libraries
E-Mail: baltman@mailer.fsu.edu